Save the Park
About the game
SAVE THE PARK is a unique collaborative game where you play as a park volunteer and experience the conservation activities that support the U.S. National Parks. With oversight for more than 400 national parks, monuments, and historic sites in all 50 U.S. states, each year the National Park Service engages over 440,000 volunteers who help conserve and preserve America’s natural and cultural heritage.
Launched as part of the campaign to celebrate the 2016 National Park Service Centennial, SAVE THE PARK seeks to inspire and encourage a new generation of park lovers to take an active role in helping preserve these important natural and historic resources for future generations.
To drive additional resources to the cause, the American Express Foundation will make a $1 donation to the National Park Foundation for each download of SAVE THE PARK occurring on or before December 31, 2016, up to $50,000. The donation will support the NPF’s park conservation and stewardship work.
In this runner-style game, players control two characters – a national park volunteer and a Junior Ranger, who work together in three park environments to complete a range of tasks
- Run through forest, desert and coastal park environments to: protect animal habitats, plant trees, maintain trails, collect research specimens, help park visitors, and more!
- Play all four volunteer characters – Environment Champion, Wildlife Lover, Citizen Scientist and Culture Concierge – each representing a different type of volunteer.
- Learn about the national parks through in-game fun facts.
- Connect to the NPS.gov site to explore volunteer opportunities in your area.
- Unlock a collection of socially sharable national park postcards by finding special Easter Eggs
- Share your game accomplishments with your friends.
This game is family-friendly, and suitable for all ages.
About the Creators:
In 2014, American Express announced a multi-year commitment to help the U.S. Department of the Interior triple the number volunteers in national parks and public lands to 1 million annually by 2017. With SAVE THE PARK, American Express and Games for Change are leveraging the power of gaming to galvanize the public to volunteer in national parks. American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at americanexpress.com.
Games for Change
Founded in 2004, Games for Change (G4C), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve humanitarian, social and educational efforts. To further grow the field, Games for Change convenes multiple stakeholders, highlights best practices, incubates games, and helps create and direct investment into new projects. The organization is best known for its role in producing “Half the Sky Movement: The Game” a companion game to the bestselling book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, written by Pulitzer prize winning husband-and-wife team – Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
To develop “Save the Park,” Games for Change engaged Schell Games, a leading educational game developer that has produced games for PBS Kids, the Fred Rogers Company, and Walt Disney, among others.
The National Park Foundation
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.
Download the game for free in the Apple App Store.